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Rehab updates on Rays’ Hunter Wood, Matt Duffy; Font trade with Mets completed

Wood threw two innings Monday, should be activated soon; Rays get 18-year-old hard thrower from Mets.
The Rays' Hunter Wood (44) delivers a pitch during the second inning of an April 18 game vs. the Orioles at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. (DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times)
The Rays' Hunter Wood (44) delivers a pitch during the second inning of an April 18 game vs. the Orioles at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. (DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times)
Published May 14, 2019

A couple of quick Rays updates:

• Reliever Hunter Wood threw two innings for the Class A Stone Crabs on Monday in the second of two planned rehab outings following his injured list stint for shoulder soreness/inflammation and should be ready to be activated in the next couple days. Wood, out since May 2, didn’t allow a hit and only one walk in facing seven batters, with 20 of his 32 pitches for stikes.

Related: RELATED: Austin Meadows, Hunter Wood close to return

• Infielder Matt Duffy resumed his rehab after taking a week break to further strengthen the left hamstring that has sidelined him since spring training. Duffy, who said over the weekend at the the Trop felt pretty much 100 percent, went 1-for-2 with a walk while playing five innings at third base. Because Duffy was transferred from the 10- to the 60-day injured list when the Rays acquired catcher Travis d’Arnaud on Friday night, he is not eligible to return until May 27.

Related: RELATED: Matt Duffy says back, hamstring issues will keep him out until May

• The Rays on Monday completed the trade of Wilmer Font to the Mets with right-hander Neraldo Cantina named as the player they got in return. Cantina is 18, signed last July from the Dominican Republic for a reported $150,000 and hasn’t pitched in any pro games yet. But given that he’s 6-6 and is said to throw 95 mph, there is clearly potential.

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